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Growing in Leadership, Growing Church

As an Open Heaven Intern you will receive input on theology, leadership and character, as well as skills training specific to your area of work. You will carry significant responsibility within the life of Open Heaven in an area you have passion for, working alongside the Senior Leadership Team and Staff Team.


What’s Involved?

  • Working from the Open Heaven offices, September to July (apart from holiday periods), starting at 4 days per week. (Number of days working per work are negotiable). 

  • 1.5 days a week input and training on leadership, character and theology - including the Ignite course.

  • 2.5 days a week of output (negotiable) on your specific area of passion and responsibility.

  • Line management by a member of Senior Leadership Team or a Manager in the staff team. 

  • One to One mentoring by a discipler.

  • Attendance at church/network leadership conferences and events paid for by Open Heaven.

2.5 Days placement 
Your placement time will be spent in your specific area of passion and responsibility. You will have opportunities to work with the Open Heaven staff team, senior leadership team and volunteers to shape, develop and grow key areas within the life of Open Heaven. You will be line managed by a staff member, with monthly reviews and objective setting in an environment dedicated to growing you. We are happy to discuss Interns doing less or more days work in a week. 


1 Day of Discipleship training
We ask everyone who hasn’t done Ignite to do it as part of their Intern year training. Ignite is a discipleship year focused on developing your God given identity, deepening your understanding of scripture and exploring your calling and gifts. 


0.5 Day Leadership Training
We meet on Friday mornings for theology, leadership and skill training on a three week schedule, with a high emphasis on character development. Input will be a mixture of self study and directed input. Your ticket prices will also be covered for attendance at Open Heaven's Leaders Weekend and the Pioneer Leaders Conference. 


Internships on offer
We have the following placements available for the coming academic year starting in September 2019.

  • Student Work

  • Children's Work

  • Youth Work

  • Worship

  • Event Planning & Admin

  • Community Engagement

  • Media & Communications


Entry Requirements
To be at least 18 years old by the start of the course. To have completed a discipleship year or to enrol on Ignite as part of the Internship. To have a desire to serve God by serving the local Church, to see lives changed and communities transformed.


The Open Heaven internship is unpaid and cost neutral for those on the year. As part of the Internship, Open Heaven will cover the cost of leadership development input, theological training and the Ignite discipleship year. In addition to this, we will pay for all Interns resources and tickets for Open Heaven Weekend Away, the Open Heaven Leaders Weekend and the Annual Pioneer Leaders Conference.

We will support Interns with financial planning and fundraising, including "partner raising" where friends and family are invited to invest in Interns as financial partners to sponsor them through their Intern year.  


How to Apply
If you have any questions please contact
Our online application form is accessible here.